Using a PCI Riser card as an expansion....??

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I have acquired some almost new hardware as a result of one of my sons being bitten with the PC overclocking bug. One of the items is a Gigabyte M85M-US2H motherboard, which is really cool apart from the fact that it only has two PCI slots. I could really do with more as once I've fitted a wireless card and an IDE-RAID card, I'm stuffed for further expansion. it's going to be home to an AMD X3 440 triple core and 4Gb of memory.... yum!

This brings me to a wierd idea that I want to run past the hardware specialists on here. I can source a PCI slot male to female cable and some PCI riser cards that are normally used on SFF desktop machines on a certain auction site *cough*.

Could I use the male-to-female PCI cable and a PCI riser card to add further PCI slots to the motherboard, a bit like a Mediator card on an a1200?

Maybe I need to take my meds, to stop me having these wierd ideas....:blink:
 

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I had the same idea, Rkauer mentioned back then to watch for power issues. I did not take any medication for it, but did not test this.
 

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Power really isn't an issue; The case I have has a 650 watt PSU in it...
 

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Oo the riser takes power then, I looked for pci doublers...What I meant the pci power line was designed for one pci device not 4
 

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If the doublers can be assigned as a "sort of" device and register correctly on the PCI bus, that's all that is needed.

Ugly-zilla advice: put a PCI cable extender on the last PCI socket, then on the attached PCI doubler (moved to unused space on the tower) you can hook a pair of PCI cards.:nuts:
 

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Get some pci express to pci adapters and forget the doublers.
 

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Get some pci express to pci adapters and forget the doublers.

I'm not sure what this achieves, as it's more PCI slots I need...

@ rkauer

I don't think I can push much past expanding 1 to 2 or 3 as the PSU is on the bottom of this case; it's an Antec Three Hundred, a very nice case to look at but somewhat lacking in bays for floppy or 3 1/2" card reader drives. The space that is normally occupied by floppy drives has a :censored: great fan bay in it....

New cases don't cater for old skoolers...... meh!!
 

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Hi Merlin, You could always use USB for wireless and other add-ons. Looks like the MB has 4 USB external ports. Depends on what is wanted for the final spec I suppose.

Scan UK do a combined floppy and card reader(uses floppy cable and seperate internal USB). Does anyone use floppies now? :unsure::)
 

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Questions like that will get you lynched on a retro forum!!

:LOL:


:D I did wonder after typing that, but was thinking about PC's.

I bought one of those combined floppy and card readers from Scan, hopefully going to add an Ian Stedman adaptor to make it Amiga friendly. I'd be lost without a floppy drive on my A1200.
 
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